Popular Burlington Pool Set to Reopen Soon


A date has been announced for the highly anticipated re-opening of an outdoor swimming pool and splash pad - previously deemed unsafe - in Burlington.

Nelson Park’s facilities are slated to open on Saturday, July 15.

Nelson pool is a valued community gathering place and we expect there will be a lot of excitement in the community to have the pool and splash pad reopened this summer,” said the city’s director of parks and recreation Chris Glenn.

The new pool - which cost $4.9 million - is 50-metres long with eight lanes. 

You’ll find the splash pad beside the pool at 4183 New St.  

Facilities will be open for recreational swimming between 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

The maximum pool occupancy is 480 people. 

Click here for information about lap swim times. 

Features include:

  • New pool filtration equipment and heaters.
  • Climbing wall feature in deep end.
  • New diving boards.
  • New accessible ramp into the pool.
  • New concrete deck around the pool and splash pad.
  • Various amenities such as seating areas, shade, diving boards and play equipment.
  • The new splash pad is designed and constructed to engage children of all ages.
  • Interactive splash pad featuring jets, small animal spray features, and a giant tipping bucket.

The reopening is two years in the making.

The pool tank’s structure, made of steel and fitted with a commercial grade pool liner, had corroded beyond repair — city staff made the discovery while conducting a pool inspection in preparation for the 2015 summer opening.

The pool was deemed unsafe for public use by a structural engineer.

Attempts were made to see if any short-term solutions could be found to keep the pool running, however, repair measures were too extensive. The tank was originally scheduled for replacement in the city’s capital budget in 2019.

At its Dec. 16, 2015 meeting, city council considered a range of options for the future of the pool at Nelson Park, including permanently closing the pool, as well as various pool replacement options.

Overwhelming community support to replace the pool was demonstrated through a public survey completed by nearly 2,000 residents.

Replacement of the pool was approved by council the same day.

The outdoor pool at Nelson Park first opened in 1963. 

Artist renderings and photos courtesy of the City of Burlington

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